Ryan Watts was born and raised in North Carolina. He was educated in the North Carolina public school system from kindergarten through college. He grew up playing all sorts of sports but eventually focused on playing baseball as an infielder. He turned down opportunities to play baseball in college to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In college, Ryan started his first small business which grew to over 10 other college campuses, helping local businesses better understand marketing and social media. After college, IBM sent him to Washington D.C. as a Strategy Consultant. He traveled to over 30 states, helping businesses & non-profits of all sizes think critically about current and future problems. Today, Ryan continues to work around the country helping businesses and people work better together.
He wants to go to Washington to represent the best interests of North Carolinians – specifically the sixth district which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford (part), Lee, Randolph & Rockingham Counties.
SIXTH DISTRICT ROOTS
100 years ago, Ryan’s great-grandparents settled in Rockingham County and eventually moved their family of nine to Alamance County for work in the silk mills in 1930. To survive the Great Depression, they grew produce and raised chickens, but most importantly made it their practice to give to others in need so that they would not go hungry.
Continuing this legacy of service, their son, Ryan’s maternal Grandfather served in the Seabees in World War II before returning to Alamance County. With the support of his working wife and the G.I. Bill, he became the first in his family to graduate from college. Ryan now lives and works out of the house his great-grandfather built out of an Army barracks.
A STRONG WORK ETHIC
Ryan’s family story is one of hard work – where family, community, and country come first. With this background, it is no surprise that Ryan took his first job at 15. He started out as a dishwasher, busboy – he knows the value of hard work.
Ryan learned both discipline and teamwork through his passion for team sports. To reach the level of competence and success that he attained, he found that shortcuts didn’t work.
While going to UNC-Chapel Hill, Ryan launched a business that helped small local businesses harness the power of social media. That company expanded to over 10 college campuses on the Eastern Seaboard. Since that time, he has worked in various capacities with small, medium, large, and Fortune 500 companies across the country while also becoming the CEO of a cash-flow positive start-up. He knows that hard work brings results.
Ryan’s diligence has served him well in reaching a level of success that defies his age. He knows there is no secret sauce – that hard work and surrounding yourself with good people yields results. It is that approach he will bring with him to Washington.